Logos, (Greek: λόγος “word,” “reason,” “plan,” etc) in ancient Greek philosophy and early Christian theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. it became particularly significant in Christian writings and doctrines as a vehicle for conceiving the role of Yahusha as the principle of Yahuah active in the creation and the continuous structuring of the cosmos and in revealing the divine plan of salvation to human beings. It thus underlies the basic Christian doctrine of the pre-existence of Yahusha.
The idea of the Logos in Greek thought harks back at least to the 6th-century-BC philosopher Heraclitus, who discerned in the cosmic process a Logos analogous to the reasoning power in humans. Later, the Stoics, philosophers who followed the teachings of the thinker Zeno of Citium (4th–3rd century BC), defined the Logos as an active rational and spiritual principle that permeated all reality. The ancient Greek philosophers called the Logos providence, nature, god, and the soul of the universe, which is composed of many seminal Logoi that are contained in the universal Logos. Philo Judaeus (Philo of Alexandria), a 1st-century-AD Jewish philosopher, taught that the Logos was the intermediary between God and the cosmos, being both the agent of creation and the agent through which the human mind can apprehend and comprehend Yahuah. According to Philo, and the Middle Platonists (philosophers who interpreted in religious terms the teachings of Plato), the Logos was both immanent in the world and at the same time the transcendent divine mind.
In the first chapter of The Gospel According to John, Yahusha is identified as “the Word” (Greek logos) incarnated, or made flesh. This identification of Yahusha with the Logos is based on Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) concepts of Revelation, such as occurs in the frequently used phrase “the Word of Yahuah”—which connoted ideas of God’s activity and power—and the Jewish view that Wisdom is the divine agent that draws humans to Yahuah and is identified with the word of Yahuah. The author of The Gospel According to John used this philosophical expression, which easily would be recognizable to readers in the Hellenistic (Greek cultural) world, to emphasize the redemptive character of the person of Christ, whom the author describes as “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.” Just as the Jews had viewed the Torah (the Law) as pre-existent with Yahuah, so also the author of John viewed Jesus, but Jesus came to be regarded as the personified source of life and illumination of humankind. St. John interprets the Logos as inseparable from the person of Jesus, and does not simply imply that the Logos is the Revelation that Jesus proclaims.
" In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with Yahuah, and the Logos was Yahuah. "
The identification of Jesus with the Logos, which is implied in various places in the New Testament but stated specifically in The Gospel According to John, was further developed in the early church but more on the basis of Greek philosophical ideas than on Old Testament motifs. This development was dictated by attempts made by early Christian theologians, and apologists to express the Christian faith in terms that would be intelligible to the Hellenistic world and to impress their hearers with the view that Christianity was superior to, or heir to, all that was best in pagan philosophy. Thus, in their apologies, and polemical works, the early Apostolic (Christian) Fathers stated that Christ, as the pre-existent Logos;
- Reveals the Father Yahuah to humankind and is the subject of the Old Testament manifestations of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Yahuah;
- Is the divine reason in which the whole human race shares, so that Heraclitus, and others who lived with reason were Christians before Christ.
- Is the Divine Will, and Word by which the worlds were framed.